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Which Bike?Comments and Questions on what is the best bike for YOU, for YOUR trip. Note that we believe that ANY bike will do, so please remember that it's all down to PERSONAL OPINION. Technical Questions for all brands go in their own forum.
Hi everybody. This is my first post and I'm sure some variation of it has already been asked so bear with me.
I am a 6' tall 34 yo man with a great deal of travel experience, but virtually zero riding experience. What sold moto-touring for me, was having rented a motorbike on Bali for 2 weeks. Talk about a slice of heaven.
Anyway, Im sold on the idea and I finally have enough $ to make this actually happen. My first hurdle is the bike. Like many, I saw my first F800gs and was instantly aroused. However, as I have been doing more and more research, i realize how unimportant my first impressions were.
For a fellow doing the central/S.A. routes i am now perfectly comfortable buying a used and farlkled jap bike, and no longer feel compelled toward the BMW. Although I realize most any late model dual sport bike will be by and large just fine, my dilemma seems to have come down to cylinders and overall power.
Whereas I know I will do plenty of off tarmac driving and exploring, I am also confident I will be logging many many hours on paved roads as well.
The biggest dilemma for me is not whether to drop $6 large for a new KLR vs. $13 for an f800gs, It is simply: does the extra power and comfort of a 2 cylinder merit choosing one for S.A. vs a thumper?
I have NO idea how vibrations will affect me with distance riding, as I am a complete noob.
What I have come up with is this list, with my surface thoughts:
F800gs- Super sexy, but I have a real hard time justifying the price tag when a KLR type thumper can do almost the exact same things. Used ones in the USA seem almost non-existent.
F650gs twin- if i go BMW, a used f650gs twin would likely be my choice- at about $6500 for a 2007 with farkle and low miles, why not?
KLR- since the price point is so low, id likely opt for a new one even though the current models are hideously ugly. Still KLRs seem great regarding performance, particularly with the right add-ons.
Yamaha Tenere 660- This is one sexy bike but it appears it is not readily available in the USA new or used.
Honda africa twin- havent done too much research, but it too seems on par with the tenere and klr.
So my budget is hovering in the ballpark of 8 grand ( preferably with upgrades included), but I could go higher or preferably lower.
I lean towards a twin, but havent the experience to know if it is even worth it for this trip. The leader so far is the used BMW f650gs (because of the more powerful engine and 2 cylinders), but I could give a toss if it is a BMW or not. I just want the right bike for the job. I have no problem dropping 5K on a used bike then to add another 3-4K of upgrades. I see no point in getting a brand new F800gs, unless i want to stare at every night with an erection.
I wonder if you've been reading the many, many threads here on the Hubb and over on ADV rider which address your question at exhaustive length. If so, and you're finding you still have those very basic questions, may I suggest finding a bike and riding it? No one else's preferences are going to tell you what you need to know. Buy, rent, borrow, or jack a bike and see how it works out for you.
(Guess I gave in to the urge to be briefly sarcastic. Please don't jack a bike.)
And if you're planning lots of off-road, you might say that in your original post, not in response to someone's well-intentioned (I have no doubt) response.
Here's what I'm gonna take...this one is for sale I have another.
08 KLR, moto-sport bavaria panniers, sw-motech bars, 1990 miles, new shinko 705's not installed. Side panel is off as I just pre-fitted panniers.
Mike, I have another 2 months before I make my purchase, so If at that time you are still selling I may be happy to contact you. Chucky, good point- I had failed to mention the DR.
I am also hoping to hear from people who have made this specific trip, and what their opinions are regarding 2 vs 1 cylinder and power as it relates to the roads and adventures S.Am. has to offer.
No problem, it is not listed for sale just thought I could help out a fellow rider. I may ship it to Europe and store it in Germany or somewhere in SA. That way I can do some real traveling on the 3 months I have off for summer. I'm a pretty big guy but I would love to try it on a Yam w250r...one guy on adv travels quite extensively on one.
triumph bonneville for this trip? if that is a joke it is definitely funny- otherwise, i am indeed planning on plenty of off-road exploring and dont think that would cut the mustard...
thanks for your reply, though
Don't knock what you havn't tried. I'm yet to find a road a Bonneville with knobblies wouldn't get through (compare the spec sheet to a R80GS and ignore the advertising photos of blokes going out for coffee three miles from home). Still, I'm only 6 years into Bonneville ownership so there are a few roads still to try. Find the Scrambler thread over on ADV rider and you'll see just how wrong Triumph's "old blokes bike" advertising is.
Given your coments about the F800 I think that's what you want and you should just go get one. No need for anyone here to support or not support your decision, it'll do the job. Personally I think it won't do the job 40% better than a KLR or DR to justify the price and you'd have to be sure you like electronic modules over mechanical bits when it breaks, but that's only me. Single or twin won't make a jot of difference compared to training your body to take a decent number of miles per day, day after day. Sounds like a classic case of head saying KLR, heart saying F800 which I'm afraid no one can answer for you unless they are just going to pass on their own personal choices as gospel. There is no right answer, only choices.
In order to clear up a few misunderstandings, I'm going to lay a few thoughts on the table:
When I responded to OldBMW's post where he said, "I wouldn't write off the Triumph bonneville at this stage ",
I wasn't slagging him off- I thought he may have been making a joke regarding Che Guevara's Motorcycle Diaries on which they rode a Triumph.
Personally, I would love a triumph, and I'm sure the bike could do the trip adequately. Its just when I look at pictures of it, its low ground clearance, exposed piping et cetera, it doesn't instinctively strike me as an ideal all around performance bike for that trip. Technically I could do the trip on a vespa or a push bike, but that isn't what I had in mind. I will thank OldBMW again for his input, though. There was no intended smack talking in my response despite what people may wish to read into it.
now @ marc:
Sorry I came off as brash, but If you are going to go through the time consuming process of reading my lengthy post, logging in and typing a paragraph response, and not say anything constructive or helpful, and instead use that time to invalidate my post, of course I'm going to have words with you. I would truly love to hear about your expertise and point of view if you would be so kind as to direct your energies to a constructive response. I'll have you know that I had literally spent hours reading post after post after post, before writing my own. If you have links to old postings that answer my questions that perhaps I overlooked, again, I would have appreciated the constructive response and followed the links.
Again, in no way am I knocking the Triumph. I would love to own one. I'll indulge your suggestion and do some research, though, as I am always open to new ideas. Intuitively, when I see bikes more tailor-made for trips like this, that is where I instinctively lean. As for you thinking I really want the F800gs, well, sure, but not too much more than any other bike. Its flash, its well built, and undoubtedly fun to ride. However, it is also undoubtedly overpriced, and pointless to buy in the light of something virtually as good for half the price. Would I take a used F800 all modded up if I could find one for $8K? Quite possibly. But have no mistake, I am very very happy with the KLR etc. for half the cost. In the end, all I care about is performance tailored to this trip. The reason I was posting my question about the dual vs. thumper was because if the dual is simply flat-out unnecessary, I would be overjoyed to have a used and fully modded KLR or similar for ~$6K. I particularly like the idea of being able to fix most problems on the bike myself especially if I'm stuck in-between places. The Japs afford me this luxury. Finally, thanks Andy for your point of view on training your body for the ride. That is exactly the type of response I'm seeking.
So everybody, please continue with the constructive responses, as I'd be happy to listen to your personal experiences and tales from the road all day. I mean that.
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